In 2009 the Cairns Council, state trustee over the oceanfront parklands where the helipad is located, closed 30 carparks adjacent to the helipad due to legitimate safety concerns. And in a council report from March 2011, Council and Queensland Health confirm that a solution that puts the helipad in the ocean on a pontoon was "well advanced". The consultative group of stakeholders as well as local residents working on the problem all agreed on the pontoon solution. Everyone knows helicopters are the "devil's machine", and are only kept airborne using witchcraft. They can and do routinely crash - in fact, you're twice as likely to get killed in or by a helicopter than by an airplane. The further away from the public these things are, the better.
Norman, with claims that "common sense wins", said that his solution to the problem is to move the helipad 25 meters, we assume to the south. Problem solved, done and dusted. Lots of money saved. LOTS OF MONEY SAVED. We see, more money stripped from Cairns Base. Got it.
And when Norman, (who was roundly rejected by the Chamber of Commerce membership as president), pointed out he's already discussed the plan with Mayor Bob "Screwdriver" Manning, our radio gasbag made the most imperious of statements:
Cueball then said, "well, he's the Council and you're the hospital board, so that's that."
|BOB MANNING MODELS HIS NEW MAYOR'S|
UNIFORM, HANDED DOWN FROM KEVIN
(HIDING FROM THE PAKIS) BYRNE
It should be noted for the record that this hospital carpark was built via a "temporary" approval by the Pyne council - this carpark shouldn't even be there. It's parkland. And moving the helicopter pad 25m south puts our young people using the skate park (immediately adjacent) at risk. Anyone consulted with them or their parents?
And with the announcement that Peter Tabulo, Kevin Byrne's lapdog in development horror across the city, is planned to fill the vacant CEO position "for the foreseeable future", the ten elected councillors are beginning to look a little superfluous. Many in fact blame Tabulo for the recent destruction of the heritage-listed Rex Theater.
The helipad belongs in the ocean. That's the commonsense solution. A solution used in dozens of locations around the world. Not filling up our parkland and endangering the thousands that use the Esplanade. If we were having consultations anymore, that's what we'd tell them.